To many people, the idea of spaying or neutering a pet is unappealing. However, spaying or neutering your pet is much more humane than the alternative. Here are a few reasons why you should have a veterinarian spay or neuter your pets before they reach sexual maturity:
- Help Control the Pet Population
Though it may seem extreme to take away a pet’s ability to reproduce, it’s even more extreme to permit the birth of new animals without securing care for them. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, three to four million animals are euthanized every year due to pet shelter overpopulation. By eliminating your pet’s reproduction ability, you’ll be doing your part to reduce this shocking statistic.
- Improve Your Pet’s Behavior
Without the constant pumping of hormones from sexual organs, your pet’s behavior will greatly improve. When in heat, female cats and dogs tend to make messes and nervously pace and whine. Unneutered male dogs and cats are more likely to urinate around the house, roam away from your property, and show aggressive tendencies. Spayed and neutered pets are much more docile and easy to live with.
- Reduce the Risk of Health Problems
Spaying your female pets greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer and uterine infections, while neutering your male pets eliminates the risk of tumors and testicular cancer. Though spaying or neutering your pets may seem expensive, the cost is much less than the numerous surgeries and treatments your pets may have to endure down the road.
If your pets aren’t yet spayed or neutered, you should schedule an appointment at Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital. Our veterinarians and pet care staff have decades of combined experience performing delicate procedures on pets. Call us today at (917) 675-3708 to speak with one of our friendly representatives.